KEARNEY, Neb., June 20 (UPI) -- A study of people trying to cheat on their spouses indicates they may be aided by sexting, but ultimately they want to cheat with a human, U.S. researchers say.
Diane Kholos Wysocki of the University of Nebraska at Kearney and Cheryl Childers of Washburn University in Topeka, Kan., placed a survey on a Web site aimed at married people looking for sexual partners outside their marriage.
More than 5,000 adults answered questions about Internet use, sexual behavior and feelings about sexual behaviors on the Internet, the researchers say.
The survey findings, published online in the journal, Sexuality & Culture, indicate: women are more likely than men to engage in sexting behaviors, two-thirds say they had cheated online while in a serious relationship and more than three-quarters had cheated in real life.
Women and men were just as likely to have cheated both online and in real life while in a serious real-life relationship, but older men were more likely than younger men to cheat in real life, the survey indicates.
"Our research suggests that as technology changes, the way people find each other and the way they attract a potential partner also changes. While social networking sites are increasingly being used for social contact, people continue to be more interested in real-life partners, rather than online partners," the researchers say in a statement.
"It seems that, at some point in a relationship, we need the physical, face-to-face contact. Part of the reason for this may be that, ultimately, humans are social creatures."